|“||Live soberly and peacefully. Honor thy parents, and preserve the peace and security of home and family.||”|
— Mara, Ten Commandments; Nine Divines
Mara (Eurasian: Mara) is a Deosian goddess of the Nine Divines. She is the mother-goddess of perfect love and warmth. Her origins are as a fertility goddess amongst ancient Deosians. She is the eternal wife of Akatosh, and in some stories the mother of Arkay. She is believed to have been one of the original goddesses to form in the Beginning Place.
Mara's sphere of love is not to be confused with that of Dibella. Mara's sphere is that of perfect, incorrupt love, that which exists between a mother and child, a husband and wife, a brother and sister. Dibella's sphere is that which exists in the throes of passion and the heat of desire, between two lovers in intimate embrace. Mara's love is viewed as more maternal and pure, and she is also the patron goddess of marriage and matrimony. Dibella's love is viewed as more fiery and sensual.
According the ancient tome Arkay, the God, Arkay was an ordinary shopkeeper who was granted godhood by Mara in exchange for him becoming the God of Birth and Death. Befitting Mara's status as mother-goddess of love, this account is endorsed by the Temple of the One, the highest Deosian authority.